SS Lake Illawarra

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Date(s) - 26/Nov/2019
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Regatta Grounds Boat Ramp


Dive Info

Dive Coordinator: Andrew Bain
Meeting Place: Regatta
Minimum Dive Qualifications: Advanced Open Water
Dive Cost: $37
Deposit Required: $0
Day/Night Dive: Day Dive
This trip consists of 1 Dive(s)
Location of Dive Southern Tasmania
Cancellation PolicyA full refund will be given if the dive is cancelled by the club, e.g. due to bad weather or equipment unavailability.
A 50% Refund will be given if a diver cancels between 1 week and 12 hours of the start of the dive unless a replacement diver is available in which case a full refund will be given.
Before this time a full refund will be given except for trips where long lead times are involved (eg Interstate Trips/Long weekend trips etc) where refunds are at the discretion of the Dive Coordinator.

Hidden in the Derwent river under the shadow of the Tasman Bridge lies the MV Lake Illawarra.

On the 5th of January 1975 at 9.27 pm the MV Lake Illawarra, under the captaincy of Boleslaw Pelc, crashed into the 18th and  19th pylons of the Tasman Bridge bringing down a 127 m span of the bridge and sinking the ore carrier, you can read more of the story here.
Today the Illawarra rests on the silt under the bridge in 35 m of water. Light here penetrates down to around 26 m (but a torch is still essential!) which is conveniently level with the ship deck at the bottom of the bridge. The bridge itself spans up to 15 m with numeroues port holes to look into on the way up. The smoke stacks on top raise up to around 10 m. Moving from stern to bow, and with some close examination, the ships radar domes and hoists can be found. The ship itself is home to a surprising amount of marine life including yellow jewel anenomes, crayfish and cowfish.

We’re going to launch from the Cenotaph and dive part of Hobart’s history.

Due to the low visibility, high currents, being a wreck and higher than usual psychological stress this is STRICTLY limited to advanced open water dives with recent low visibility experience, at least 75 dives and deep diving experience, the committee will be confirming all divers meet these requirements before the dive.

You can get some idea of what you’ll see from this Navy video.

You can start getting familiar with the dive site from this video.

Due to depth limits we will only be doing a single dive. We’ll be diving in two teams to ensure everyone can get a dive.

Use of club Regs, BCD and weights are included in the cost of the dive if needed, you will need your own wetsuit, fins and mask.

We’re going to be diving with some buddies from the French polaire vessel L’Astrolabe – they will be diving from there own boat.


Meeting at the Cenotaph boat ramp.



This event is fully booked.